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Created: Thursday, May 26, 2011 5:30 a.m. CDT
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Star Worlds Arcade to host fundraiser for video game hall of fame

By ANDREW MITCHELL - amitchell@daily-chronicle.com
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DeKALB – Star Worlds Arcade is planning on bringing the social experience of playing classic video games in an arcade to an online audience.

A number of games will be streamed online this weekend in honor of GameDay 2011, a weekend event looking to raise funds and awareness for the International Video Game Hall of Fame & Museum in Ottumwa, Iowa.

Star Worlds owner Patrick O’Malley said two frequent guests will attempt to break world record scores Saturday, but other more casual gamers can make a tax-deductible donation to the museum and also have their games broadcast.

“One thing I’m trying to tell people is that there’s still more room to stream,” O’Malley said.

Arcades across the country also will partake in the fundraiser, O’Malley said.

For those who might not want to stream their games but still support the museum, Star Worlds will open its doors Memorial Day for an unlimited game play event.

For a $5 door charge, gamers can play as many games as they want from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday. All proceeds from the event will go toward the museum.

O’Malley said he hoped the fundraiser would help promote arcades as social places, where people can play games and meet others in a more encouraging environment than most online-based experiences.

“It’s great to have people you don’t know cheering you on if you’re trying for a high score,” O’Malley said. “It’s funny because it used to be that going to the arcade was considered antisocial.”

Starting this weekend, the arcade also will also accept canned food donations in honor of a boy celebrating his 10th birthday.

O’Malley said the boy requested that his friends and family bring canned food and paper goods in lieu of presents for his birthday. His family then donates the items to food pantries in town.

“I thought that was incredibly public-minded of him. I don’t think I would have done that when I was 10,” O’Malley said. “So I told him that I’d help him out.”

Donations will accepted through June 4.

If you go

What: GameDay 2011 Weekend

Where: Star Worlds Arcade, 1234 East Lincoln Highway, DeKalb

When: Friday-Monday

Cost: $5 door charge for unlimited play Monday

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